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MAINZ audio production course closure shocks students

Thursday, 14 November 2019, 3:48 pm | RNZ

Students on the audio engineering degree course that moulded Joel Little - producer of Lorde's Grammy award-winning hit 'Royals' - are fuming it has been closed without them even being told. More >>

Transmission Gully motorway project has technology concerns

Thursday, 14 November 2019, 3:35 pm | RNZ

One of the country's biggest motorway projects has been beset by critical problems with its technology for cameras and speed signs. More >>

Commission's official apology for quake claims botch-ups

Thursday, 14 November 2019, 12:15 pm | RNZ

The Earthquake Commission has offered a formal apology for its handling of quake claims in Canterbury. More >>

Auckland licensing trusts guilty of misleading public

Thursday, 14 November 2019, 12:09 pm | RNZ

West Auckland's alcohol licensing trusts have been found guilty of misleading the public in claiming that 47 percent of profits were given back to the community. More >>

Facebook removed millions of Chch mosque shooting posts

Thursday, 14 November 2019, 12:05 pm | RNZ

Facebook has taken down millions of images and articles worldwide depicting the Christchurch terror attacks, which killed 51 people. More >>

Why War Deaths Increase After Wars

Thursday, 14 November 2019, 11:58 am | David Swanson

One of the latest resources produced by people affiliated with the Costs of War Project is a book called War and Health: The Medical Consequences of the Wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, edited by Catherine Lutz and Andrea Mazzarino. Its focus is on “indirect” ... More >>

Govt to consider new public broadcaster

Thursday, 14 November 2019, 11:44 am | RNZ

The fate of RNZ and TVNZ may soon be in the hands of Cabinet ministers, with a proposal to disestablish both broadcasters and create an entirely new public media entity. More >>

End of Life Choice Bill on euthanasia goes to referendum

Thursday, 14 November 2019, 11:26 am | RNZ

New Zealanders now have the casting vote on whether to make euthanasia legal, after Parliament voted 69 votes to 51 in favour of the End of Life Choice Bill. More >>

Gordon Campbell on the farming sector’s persecution complex

Thursday, 14 November 2019, 11:07 am | Gordon Campbell

The narrative that our farmers are ‘doing it tough’ plays into a number of wellworn stereotypes: of hardworking farmers under siege from (a) desk-bound bureaucrats and (b) regulations created by urban idealists who lack understanding of what life on ... More >>

Hope For Nature: A New Deal For The Commons

Thursday, 14 November 2019, 10:10 am | Joseph Cederwall

To fully understand the biodiversity crisis and explore what comes next, it is necessary to address this mind-virus at the heart of our modern civilisation – the dominion worldview. More >>

Two-year wait for Catholic Church to trial abuse audit

Wednesday, 13 November 2019, 4:44 pm | RNZ

The Catholic Church has yet to bring in external audits for child safety practices, two years after promising it would. More >>

Arsenic found in SkyCity smoke plume

Wednesday, 13 November 2019, 4:23 pm | RNZ

Experts discovered arsenic in the smoke plume that drifted over Auckland CBD during the SkyCity international convention centre fire. More >>

Final euthanasia bill reading begins in Parliament

Wednesday, 13 November 2019, 4:07 pm | RNZ

The third and final reading of the End of Life Choice Bill has begun in Parliament. More >>

Legal vortex grows around moves to arrest former PNG PM

Wednesday, 13 November 2019, 3:37 pm | RNZ

Papua New Guinea's former prime minister Peter O'Neill has lodged a criminal complaint against police minister Bryan Kramer. More >>

Small Pacific states brace for measles spread

Wednesday, 13 November 2019, 1:07 pm | RNZ

As the Pacific grapples with a deadly measles outbreak originating in New Zealand, some of the region's smallest states are seeing their health systems put under increasing strain before the disease even reaches their shores. More >>

Halt drug switch linked to three deaths - Epilepsy NZ

Wednesday, 13 November 2019, 1:01 pm | RNZ

Epilepsy New Zealand is urging authorities to immediately halt a drug switch following the death of three people. More >>

Live Updates: Australia Fires 13/11/19

Wednesday, 13 November 2019, 10:12 am | RNZ

All eyes were on New South Wales yesterday but today the focus shifts further north to Queensland, where firefighters are continuing their marathon effort and anticipating their worst day yet. More >>

Statement to the National Commission

Wednesday, 13 November 2019, 9:28 am | David Swanson

World BEYOND War opposes compulsory draft registration for people of all genders. More >>

Mysterious foundation loaning New Zealand First money

Wednesday, 13 November 2019, 9:22 am | RNZ

A mysterious foundation that loans money to New Zealand First is under scrutiny, with a university law professor saying although it's lawful, it fails to provide the transparency voters need in a democracy. More >>

Incinerating Logic: Bush Fires and Climate Change

Tuesday, 12 November 2019, 7:20 pm | Binoy Kampmark

Despite the Internet, connectivity, and linking technologies, distance has not shrunk the Australian sense of self, an often provincial appraisal of the world seen in slow motion and stills. Whether it’s the “flower revolution” or Michel Foucault, ... More >>

The Detail: How realistic is our Predator-Free 2050 goal?

Tuesday, 12 November 2019, 5:15 pm | RNZ

It’s just over three years since the Predator Free 2050 goal was announced, with the aim of restoring New Zealand’s spectacular bird chorus. More >>

Big rise in suicide, self-harm attempts in police custody

Tuesday, 12 November 2019, 4:48 pm | RNZ

Suicide or self harm attempts in police custody have increased to 77 in the year to September, almost quadrupling over four years, police data show. More >>

RNZ Live Updates: Fires in New South Wales, Australia

Tuesday, 12 November 2019, 3:50 pm | RNZ

An unprecedented number of wildfires have burned through 850,000 hectares in New South Wales in recent days, closing about 600 schools and leaving at least three people dead. Follow our live blog below for updates on the situation. More >>

Increased fire risk with hotter than average summer expected

Tuesday, 12 November 2019, 3:38 pm | RNZ

Fire and Emergency is warning people to prepare for an increased risk of fires starting and spreading over summer. More >>

Auckland port move: Cabinet ministers deliberate on decision

Tuesday, 12 November 2019, 3:34 pm | RNZ

Cabinet ministers now have a copy of a report urging the government to move the Auckland port up north, but say no final decisions have been made. More >>

Gordon Campbell on why Sustainable NZ isn’t self-sustaining

Tuesday, 12 November 2019, 11:38 am | Gordon Campbell

It has become a familiar story. National is the party that wins the most votes but – since the demise of the Maori Party – it has lacked sufficient partners on the centre-right to form a governing majority. Enter from stage right, the Sustainable ... More >>

Mercury transit: Stargazers mark historic moment

Tuesday, 12 November 2019, 10:44 am | RNZ

Keen stargazers gathered at Te Whanganui o Hei, or Mercury Bay, on the Coromandel Peninsula to watch a rare astronomic event this morning. More >>

Firearms Prohibition Orders - fears of warrantless powers

Tuesday, 12 November 2019, 10:33 am | RNZ

The government's firearms prohibition order (FPO) proposal is being met with both approval and alarm bells. More >>

Russian Connections in Albion: The ISC Report

Tuesday, 12 November 2019, 9:07 am | Binoy Kampmark

The UK election campaign has kicked off, and merrily confused are the major candidates. The chaotic scene was made a touch more interesting with the refusal on the part of UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson to clear the release of a report by the intelligence ... More >>

PM's Post-Cab 11/11/19: Disarming Criminals, Armed Police

Monday, 11 November 2019, 5:05 pm | The Scoop Team

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern was joined for her Monday press conference by Minister of Police Stuart Nash to launch a discussion document proposing Firearms Protection Order powers for Police. More >>

Vanuatu minister won't intervene over Daily Post director

Monday, 11 November 2019, 12:18 pm | RNZ

Vanuatu's Minister of Home Affairs has ruled out intervening in the work permit case of the Daily Post newspaper's media director, Dan McGarry. More >>

The Detail: Will Armed Police Patrols Increase our Safety?

Monday, 11 November 2019, 12:09 pm | RNZ

Armed police now roam parts of New Zealand, but many residents in the places being patrolled don’t want them there. More >>

Dead rats washed up on beaches sent for toxicology testing

Monday, 11 November 2019, 11:41 am | RNZ

The theory that it was 1080 that killed about 600 rats, an octopus, a calf and other animals that washed up on a West Coast beach is highly unlikely, a Department of Conservation (DOC) regional manager says. More >>

Sustainable New Zealand party: Other parties unruffled

Monday, 11 November 2019, 11:03 am | RNZ

The new political party Sustainable New Zealand thinks they have what it takes to be the next minor party in Parliament, with a simple approach to politics. More >>

Police Armed Response Team in 'low level' suburban arrest

Monday, 11 November 2019, 9:43 am | RNZ

Residents and politicians fear new armed police teams are being used for lower-risk responses and "preventative patrolling" after an arrest in suburban Hamilton over the weekend. More >>

Oranga Tamariki Services Not All Bad

Monday, 11 November 2019, 9:40 am | Ray Avery

Friday last week I cried for the first time in a long time, for the memory of myself and the joy of meeting a young Maori kid who had been rescued by Oranga Tamariki. More >>

Walls in the Head: Ostalgia and the Berlin Wall

Sunday, 10 November 2019, 3:40 pm | Binoy Kampmark

Walls have always served a dual purpose: they keep people in, and others out. The mentality of the wall is one of imprisonment and exclusion. Three decades after the fall of the Berlin Wall, we see such infrastructure, both symbolically and in actuality, ... More >>

Electricity sector changes should be treated with caution

Sunday, 10 November 2019, 1:32 pm | NZ Energy and Environment Business Week

First published in Energy and Environment on October 31, 2019. The BusinessNZ Energy Council has warned the Government to be cautious about making changes to the electricity sector without thinking through the potential unintended consequences. More >>

Hydro exemption from water standards debated

Sunday, 10 November 2019, 1:25 pm | NZ Energy and Environment Business Week

First published in Energy and Environment on October 31, 2019. Treasury officials suggested to ministers all hydro generation schemes should be exempted from proposed freshwater quality standards. More >>

Charter for Conservatism: The ALP Campaign Review

Saturday, 9 November 2019, 3:51 pm | Binoy Kampmark

Reports on electoral strategies are often written in order to be avoided. They are scripted for the express purpose of gathering dust on shelves, or decaying in digital files rarely to be consulted except by historians. But the review of the reasons ... More >>

Unfree Media – State Stenography And Shameful Silence

Saturday, 9 November 2019, 12:19 pm | MediaLens

A recent viral clip of Jeremy Corbyn featured vital truths about the corporate media that ought to be at the forefront of public consciousness in the approach to the UK General Election on December 12. The clip began: More >>

Another Armistice Day With No Trump Weapons Parade

Friday, 8 November 2019, 10:11 am | David Swanson

November 11, 2019, is Armistice Day 101 (or 102 if you want to be all mathematically accurate and elitist about it). Anyway, it’s been over a century now since World War I was ended at a scheduled moment (11 o’clock on the 11th day of the 11th month ... More >>

The tragedy of the horse racing industry

Thursday, 7 November 2019, 7:54 pm | Lynley Tulloch

The recent Melbourne Cup event, where yet another horse has been injured, has highlighted animal welfare concerns. The race, held in November every year corresponds with a national holiday in Australia. It is an 158 year old institution, and the cause of ... More >>

Sikhs overjoyed new temple can be built in Hawke's Bay

Thursday, 7 November 2019, 4:52 pm | RNZ

The Sikh community in Hastings is celebrating after the Hastings District Council changed its mind and granted it resource consent to build a new temple on productive land. More >>

Royal Commission: Commissioner says state care failed

Thursday, 7 November 2019, 4:49 pm | RNZ

The Children's Commissioner has told the Abuse in Care Royal Commission that his office has failed to properly monitor the state care system. More >>

Anne Tolley admits 'outburst' in Peters super case

Thursday, 7 November 2019, 4:46 pm | RNZ

Former National minister Anne Tolley has admitted telling her sister about Winston Peters' pension overpayment while she was "tired" and "cross" in a conversation she regretted. More >>

Kerala's multi-layered approach to #endTB

Thursday, 7 November 2019, 10:59 am | Citizen News Service

As part of the #EndTB Dialogues series launched in lead up to the 50th Union World Conference on Lung Health last month, we got an opportunity for exclusive interview with Dr M Sunil Kumar, State Tuberculosis Officer, Ministry of Health and Family ... More >>

Gordon Campbell on National’s anointing of Christopher Luxon

Thursday, 7 November 2019, 9:58 am | Gordon Campbell

Amid excited whispers of bigger things in line for Luxon further down the track. Such are the levels of anticipation that this week, Luxon was instantly forgiven for making up welfare policy, off the top of his head. More >>

Coalition partners stand their ground on partnership visas

Thursday, 7 November 2019, 9:22 am | RNZ

Power Play - The weekly Cabinet meeting might be a touch awkward on Monday with a serious split between senior Labour and New Zealand First ministers over the volatile issue of immigration. More >>

Scientists warn: climate change isn't just about temperature

Wednesday, 6 November 2019, 10:03 pm | The Conversation

Land clearing, cattle populations and carbon emissions stand alongside temperature as important measures of climate change. DAN PELED/AAP More >>

Australia could fall apart under climate change

Wednesday, 6 November 2019, 10:00 pm | The Conversation

Australia could fall apart under climate change. But there's a way to avoid it More >>

Petition for homosexuality to be decriminalised in Cooks

Wednesday, 6 November 2019, 10:27 am | RNZ

An online petition has been launched calling for homosexuality to be decriminalised between consenting adults in the Cook Islands. More >>

Sonny Bill Williams reportedly signs with Toronto Wolfpack

Wednesday, 6 November 2019, 9:19 am | RNZ

Sonny Bill Williams looks set to become the highest paid rugby league player on earth after reportedly signing a $10 million two-year deal with the Toronto Wolfpack. More >>

Debate rages after Whakatane councillor ousted

Tuesday, 5 November 2019, 1:11 pm | RNZ

A recount of votes following a random chance election in the Murupara-Galatea Ward has seen one councillor ousted after just one week and a new one elected. More >>

China FTA and RCEP: ideal in the circumstances - Jacobi

Tuesday, 5 November 2019, 12:50 pm | RNZ

New Zealand's free trade upgrade with China and RCEP are probably the best that could be expected considering global trends to protectionism, International Business Forum head Stephen Jacobi says. More >>

Gordon Campbell unnecessary new Police powers, and Spain

Tuesday, 5 November 2019, 11:07 am | Gordon Campbell

Safety can be dangerous stuff. Paradoxically, when governments say they’re doing things to make us more safe, the effects often make us feel less safe. Police pursuits for example, have a track record (and a body count) that makes them more dangerous ... More >>

Local control of fishing rules upheld by Court of Appeal

Tuesday, 5 November 2019, 10:07 am | RNZ

A Māori trust says the decision to give local councils the right to set fishing regulations is the right one. More >>

Firefighters monitor Hawke's Bay, Otago blaze sites

Tuesday, 5 November 2019, 10:01 am | RNZ

Fire crews are keeping a close watch on the site of two blazes in Hawke's Bay and Otago. More >>

Ex-Air New Zealand boss wins National's Botany candidacy

Tuesday, 5 November 2019, 9:47 am | RNZ

Former Air New Zealand chief executive Christopher Luxon has been chosen as the National Party's candidate for the Botany electorate. More >>

Hope is fading for the Kiwi nurse missing in Syria

Tuesday, 5 November 2019, 9:24 am | RNZ

Hope is fading for Louisa Akavi, a New Zealand nurse who has spent decades on the front line of war zones, who has now been missing for six years. More >>